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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Find your passion, and don't be afraid to take risks. Open your heart to love, and it might find you. Joining groups may require you to overcome your skepticism and fears, but it may also lead you to even greater happiness. Teamwork is important.
Positive Role Models
Beca's free-thinking approach inspires the rest of the Bellas, though it does take them a while to learn how to be supportive of one another. Lots of emphasis on teamwork, perseverance, and how sometimes in the pursuit of the good of the team, a member has to be flexible, curious, and unselfish. Unfortunately, many characters are fatphobic, and that's normalized (see Diverse Representations for more details.)
The a cappella ensemble is made up of women across races and body shapes, but main storylines are reserved for characters like Beca, Jesse, Fat Amy, Chloe, and Aubrey who are all White. Cynthia Rose is Black and a lesbian -- White character Denise is also a lesbian. The Bellas embrace them but also make several lesbian jokes. Fat Amy reclaims the word "fat" in order to prevent bullies from getting to her, but overall, the film's focus on her weight as her main identity -- and the fatphobic way other characters treat her -- is an issue.
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Violence & Scariness
A melee breaks out -- though viewers don't really see any of the blows -- and a window winds up shattered. A sprinkling of verbal skirmishes, with name-calling.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters kiss and make sexual innuendoes about each other's sex lives. Suggestive dancing during musical numbers. A couple's feet are shown sharing one shower, suggesting that they're being intimate.
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"Bitch" is frequent and casual (and "pitch," which sounds like it, is used as a stand-in). Also one "f--k," "s--t," "t--s," "slutbags," "ass," "crap," "hell," "d--k," and "Jesus" (as an exclamation).
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Products & Purchases
Apple products are frequently mentioned. Ping and Mad Libs also come up.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
College students, including freshmen, drink beer at parties from red cups. Drug references.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pitch Perfect is a winning musical comedy about a college a cappella group that kicked off a franchise. Expect strong language ("s--t," "bitch," "d--k," and one use of "f--k"), drug references, and underage drinking. There's also kissing and lots of sexual innuendo. Although the Bellas are a racially diverse ensemble, main characters are White. Two of the Bellas are lesbians, embraced by the group but also the butt of lesbian jokes. Fat Amy's identity is reduced to her weight. But even with iffy representations that haven't aged well, positive messages include the importance of teamwork, perseverance, and curiosity. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's a joy to watch a comedy like this, which wraps you up in belly laughs and catchy songs and makes whatever ails you seem far, far away. Let's take it from the top: Pitch Perfect's Kendrick is a delight. Plus, special kudos to Rebel Wilson, whose subversively awesome Fat Amy bravely reclaims a word meant to hurt her. And all of the a cappella troupes assembled here (or the voices behind them) are fantastic. Never mind that they're kitschy and earnest and seriously competitive about their craft (which, in some circles, is considered decidedly uncool). The beauty of it is they don't care; they just want to make music. Pitch Perfect hits lots of the right notes and will leave you in stitches and singing long after the credits roll.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.